Each week I interview someone who has experienced infertility firsthand. This week I’m chatting with Lauren from Every Little Moment. Her unique combination and personal and professional experience with infertility means she has a lot of wisdom to share. I hope you enjoy her interview as much as I did.
Q. Tell us a little about yourself.
Hi, I’m Lauren and I live in Baltimore with my husband and two dogs. I am a huge animal lover and our dogs are our fur children. My husband is Australian and we met while I was studying abroad in Sydney. I was supposed to be there for 5 months and I ended up staying for almost 5 years! We moved back to the States and got married in 2008.
I love cooking and living a healthy lifestyle has become really important to me after being diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) in 2007. I am not a vegetarian, but I love eating vegetables! Summer is my favorite time of year because I love the beach and I am at our local farmer’s market every weekend. I recently started a blog about my life and infertility journey at Every Little Moment.
Q. How long have you been trying to conceive and what issues are you facing?
We have been trying to get pregnant since September 2012. I was previously diagnosed with PCOS, so we knew getting pregnant might be challenging. I had hoped that losing weight and making positive lifestyle changes would help me be able to get pregnant naturally, but that didn’t seem to be the case. After trying to conceive for a year, we sought the help of a reproductive endocrinologist and planned to get started right away with timed intercourse and IUI cycles. While we were completing all of the testing required to start treatment, we found out that we had gotten pregnant naturally. Unfortunately, I had a miscarriage at 10 weeks and I haven’t been able to get pregnant since then, despite having 1 timed intercourse and 5 IUI cycles. We just moved to IVF in January and I am having my first frozen embryo transfer very soon!
Q. You have a master’s degree in Reproductive Health and Human Genetics and worked at an IVF clinic before you realized that you yourself would experience infertility. How has your education and work experience shaped your experience as a patient? [Read more…]